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BID Group to deliver Idaho Forest Group’s first facility in Southern USA

International Forest Industries - Wed, 03/02/2021 - 13:45

BID Group (“BID”) is pleased to announce it has received an order from Idaho Forest Group (“IFG”) to deliver its first greenfield sawmill complex project in the Southern United States. In addition to managing engineering, design, and construction of the facility through its Integrated Solutions Team, BID will supply a complete range of industry-leading technologies and reliability services including OPER8™, the only purpose-built Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution for the Wood Processing Industry.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Comact Team on the integration of their Machine Center Design Expertise into our new mill in Lumberton, Mississippi.  Their partner, BID Integrated Solutions, has a proven track record of coordinating the construction of sawmill complexes in the South.  It is their combined success, intensity of focus and attention to detail that provides us confidence in their abilities to support our IFG Team.  We look forward to the contribution of the Comact/BID Team as we continue to learn about operating in the South,” said Marc Brinkmeyer, Owner and CEO of Idaho Forest Group.

“We would like to thank Idaho Forest Group for their trust in selecting the BID Group to be their partner as they expand into the US South. The combination of IFG’s performance excellence and innovation coupled with BID’s services and technologies will deliver another industry leading facility. We are humbled and honored to be a part of their growth,” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

On-site civil work will start immediately with sawmill commissioning planned for December 2021.

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BID to deliver a second State-of-the-Art Turnkey Facility for Biewer Lumber

International Forest Industries - Wed, 03/02/2021 - 12:46

BID Group has announced it has received an order from Biewer Lumber to deliver its second greenfield sawmill complex project in the southern United States. Through its industry-leading, comprehensive Turnkey solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project.

“We have developed a great trust in the BID team’s ability to go above and beyond to deliver what they commit to. Their dedication to our success is clear in all aspects of their performance. This has been evidenced through the course of two major successful projects together, including our first investment in BID’s industry-transforming mill design at our Newton, MS facility” said Tim Biewer, President and CEO of Biewer Lumber.

The new operation will be fitted with BID’s leading product technologies, optimization software, and artificial intelligence. The sawmill will feature the new Comact Variable Tool Opening (VTO) Debarker complete with in-line variable Flare Reducer, Cant Optimization system, and TrimExpert™.

The planer mill will feature a Miller planer, Comact GradExpert™ with Artificial Intelligence, and the new SortPro lumber sorting software. The lumber drying will be performed with three DelTech continuous dry kilns.

“We would like to thank Biewer Lumber for their ongoing trust in BID. We delivered our very first new generation greenfield lumber complex to the Biewer team in 2016. Since then, we’ve delivered several similar projects.  We are humbled and honored that Biewer has chosen to partner with us again for their next major growth investment” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin in the first quarter of 2021 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for December 2021.

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Jobs expo as harvest begins

International Forest Industries - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 15:40

National forestry services company Harvestco has been awarded the contract to harvest, store and stockpile the first 200,000 tonnes of pine in the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers estate.

Harvestco started work on the Island in December 2020, clearing rows of trees alongside powerlines, as part of KIPT’s fire prevention work in conjunction with SA Power Networks.

Soon the harvest proper will start, with Pinus radiata logs cut to length and sorted according to potential future markets – logs, chips, pellets.

A jobs expo was held on Sunday January 24 from 1.30pm at the Kingscote Town Hall. Representatives from Harvestco, KIPT, Workskil and ATEC attended and harvest equipment was available for inspection. The first round of jobs is currently listed on Seek.

The best of the fire-damaged timber will be sent to water storage at KIPT’s Macgill property, and placed in the Sheep Creek Dam on that property. A harvesting trail has started to determine the optimal recovery from the pine estate. After the trial is planned to start clearfell harvesting, building to an annual production rate of 200,000 toned per annum from April. The harvest of about 4.5 million tonnes of fire-affected timber is expected to take about five years.

Assessing and categorising the timber has been a detailed and rigorous process that will continue, with many considerations, including logistical, marketing and silvicultural concerns.

KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb said it was an important step for the company to have appointed HarvestCo for the initial harvest. “This is an experienced company with an excellent record and we’re glad to be working with them.”

Harvestco will initially employ about 12 people for the Kangaroo Island work and that will increase over coming years. The jobs will include operating machinery such as harvesters, forwarders, loaders and trucks. Other ancillary positions will also become available, such as diesel mechanics.

Harvestco Managing Director Rick Murphy said he was looking forward to the harvest-proper on Kangaroo Island. “There are some unique challenges in working on an Island and with a fire-damaged resource but we have many years experience across Australia and we’re looking froward to bringing our expertise to the circumstances on Kangaroo Island.”

Mr Murphy is keen to employ local operators on Kangaroo Island and Harvestco has a well-established training program in concert with the Logging Investigation and Training Association (LITA), based in Mt Gambier.

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Astec Industries has announced that Modern Machinery will now offer Peterson, Carlson, & Roadtec products.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 14:50

Roadtec products will be available in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. Carlson products will be available in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Peterson products will be available in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming and central and northern Idaho. Modern Machinery is currently a valued dealer for Astec’s KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens.

Jeff Schwarz, President of Modern Machinery stated, “We’ve been fortunate enough to represent Astec Industries’ world class products for over 30 years and we look forward to our next 30 years of successful partnership.”

Tim Averkamp, Group President of Astec Industries, echoed the sentiment; “We look forward to building off our past and working together to deliver even greater value to our customers.”

Chris Colwell, VP of Channel Management for Astec Industries, concluded, “We are focused on providing our customers with exceptional products and outstanding support. This agreement allows our customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana to benefit from the finest products and support, in a convenient location.”

Modern Machinery Co., Inc., offers high quality heavy equipment and provides exceptional product support to the construction, mining, and forestry industries. Modern Machinery was founded in 1944 with a single location in Spokane, Washington. Today the company operates 11 full-service branches in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

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Fecon LLC announces purchase of the Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products

International Forest Industries - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 13:37

Fecon LLC has announced the purchase of the Vermeer forestry mulcher product line and through this arrangement has established a global distribution agreement with the company. This distribution agreement with Vermeer, which will be rolled out on a controlled basis throughout 2021, will provide their dealers access to the robust line of mulching equipment that leverages the best of Vermeer and Fecon mulching technology.

This distribution strategy leverages the scope and size of traditional Vermeer dealerships by focusing on market segments with differentiated product needs. Blending the learnings and engineering expertise of both teams provides dealerships and customers with products that are easy to buy and own.

“Adding Fecon engineering and technology will make it easier for customers to buy the equipment best suited to their needs,” said Fecon LLC CEO Bob Dieckman. “With their extensive coverage and high standard of customer support, as well as the professional and strategic Vermeer sales organization, we are certain that both organizations will benefit from the partnership.”

Fecon will start the process with a select, yet global group of Vermeer dealers in 2021, as well as strategically specify products and methodically expand from there. The company will assume production and support of the Vermeer model FT100 and FT300 forestry mulching tractors, and has begun moving these functions to their Lebanon, Ohio factory.

“Fecon’s forestry innovation and product lineup is a great complement to our equipment portfolio,” said Vermeer President of Industrial Solutions Doug Hundt. “With a lineup of products that support the land clearing, utility right-of-way and fire mitigation markets, their mulching attachments and tractors will give our dealers a broader portfolio to support those customers we are already working with in those markets.”

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The Wood Detectives

International Forest Industries - Fri, 29/01/2021 - 13:38

How german scientists track the origin of wood to prevent illegal trade.

Gerald Koch hurries through a narrow corridor and into his testing laboratory. Inside, employees are squinting through microscopes and peering into screens showing cells and vessels. Part of Hamburg’s Thuenen Institute, the boldly named Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber is in an unassuming brick building in the city’s northeast. Only its garden of trees from around the world hint at what is going on inside — one of Europe’s most sophisticated operations in the fight to stop the illegal wood trade.

“We have already tested large quantities of garden furniture and wooden Easter bunnies,” says Koch. “Now we are expecting the usual flood of wooden toys for Christmas in spring — after all, we test anti-cyclically.”

The global wood trade is bigger than ever. Despite our digital age and allegedly paperless society, twice as much wood is harvested and sold worldwide as 50 years ago. This growth in demand has been accompanied by a surge in illegal logging. According to a  study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 16 to 19 percent of wood imports to the European Union come from illegal sources. The effects are insidious — deforested jungles, destroyed habitats — and consumers are unknowingly complicit. In 2016, the U.S. flooring giant Lumber Liquidators paid $13 million in fines for selling Chinese-made products made from illegally logged Russian wood.

This is where Koch comes in. He’s seen it all. Fruit knives with fine mahogany handles. A fish sculpture carved from teak. Guitar fingerboards made of protected rosewood. Tables constructed of 20 types of tropical timber. “The Asian manufacturer had declared eucalyptus,” scoffs Koch, for whom spotting phony certificates and forged customs declarations is all in a day’s work.

Since 2013, the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), similar to America’s 2008 Lacey Act, has banned illegally felled timber from the European market. Customs officers can confiscate it, and carpenters, hardware stores and manufacturers must prove the origin of their timber before selling it. Even private citizens are obliged to make sure their wood is legally sourced. Selling grandma’s antique writing desk could be against the law if it was constructed from a species of wood that’s protected today.

The problem is, wood is difficult to distinguish and even harder to source. It’s no easy task even for the scientists at the Center of Competence, which Koch directs. Together with a 15-member team, Koch is responsible for ensuring that timber products imported not only through Hamburg are what they claim to be.

The samples in the lab that day illustrate the enormity of their task: glasses with chipboard crumbs, crushed cardboard coffee cups, colorful bamboo children’s crockery, bags of charcoal and walnut parquet boards – all of it supposedly legally sourced, but is it? Koch takes a cube-sized block of plywood between his thumb and forefinger. “Laminated wood boards contain up to 10 different types of wood, often from the same number of countries,” he says. Before 2013, most of these products would have been sold unchecked. Today, if their origin is questionable, most end up here at the Center of Competence, a critical checkpoint that helps save forests around the world.

With solid wood, an employee saws the sample into cubes and boils them until soft, then planes it into 0.02 millimeter slices so it can examined under a microscope. The scientists identify the wood’s anatomical features, comparing them with the institute’s 50,000 microscopic samples, all of them logged in a digital database. The database calls up the most important of the 100 defined anatomical features, reducing the number of possible species of the sample down to a handful. Usually the process takes less than an hour.

“But sometimes the determination takes several hours, or in rare cases, even days,” says Koch. In those cases, he and his team turn to larger, international databases or the Center’s in-house wood collection. There are about 35,000 samples of 12,000 species of wood stored here. Many of them still bear the inscription of the predecessor institute founded in 1939.

The Center of Competence has also developed new methods using gene markers to determine where a piece of wood originally grew, accurate to within a few hundred meters. For this, they need reference samples from the region in question. The process of building out complete collections of these samples will take years, but they’ve already covered the entire region of origin of white oak from North America, Europe and Asia, as well as European and Siberian larch, all of which are among the most traded woods of recent years.

Meanwhile, they’ve scored more than a few coups. In 2018 Koch and his team detected illegal tropical wood in barbecue charcoal briquettes. The principal was the WWF which investigated 60 charcoal brands. With the help of Koch they found out that fully one-third of the contents of the briquettes were improperly declared. The result shook the industry, and one of the largest charcoal producers was stripped of their sustainable forestry accreditation.

The charcoal scandal was revelatory not only for its reach, but the way it was unearthed. Brittle charcoal briquets can’t be sliced, so the scientists broke it into pieces. They placed the broken edges under a 3D microscope that was developed only a few years ago, scanning the different heights of the fractured planes and assembling them into an image. Within a few seconds, a high-quality reproduction had been produced, showing pores, storage cells and other distinguishing features, which were used to determine the species of wood, even though it was burnt to a crisp.

The wood detectives also developed new methods for examining paper, which allowed them to work with Greenpeace to detect ramin wood in the paper of a Chinese manufacturer in Indonesia. Ramin, a threatened species that’s been targeted by illegal traders for years, is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The swamp forests of ramin in Borneo and Sumatra provide a critical habitat for Indonesia’s orangutans, which is why that country has banned its exportation since 2001.

The wood detectives’ record is impressive. Since the Centre of Competence was founded seven years ago, the number of inspection orders has increased annually by 30 percent. Last year, Koch and his team prepared almost 1,600 reports based on about 25,000 individual samples. Many inquiries come from other European countries, such as Great Britain, Austria, the Benelux countries and Switzerland.

The clients are customs and environmental authorities, as well as private interests. Four-fifths of the tests are commissioned voluntarily, mainly by timber merchants, home and hardware stores, and environmental and consumer protection organizations.

For Koch, the rising interest in his work bodes well for the world’s forests. “We are noticing an increasing sensitization, especially in the trade,” he says. “This will have an impact on timber producers around the world.”

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New Vermeer TR6450 Trommel Screen delivers Three-Product Separation

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/01/2021 - 11:18

Produce three-unique products in one-pass.

Vermeer is updating its trommel screen line with the new Vermeer TR6450 trommel screen, which is capable of sorting up to three product sizes at once.

The TR6450 features adjustable front-fines, rear-fines and overs conveyor for efficient multi-product production. With a 20-foot (6.1-m) long, 6.5-foot (2-m) diameter quick-change tension screen drum, the TR6450 can sort up to 180 cubic yards (137.6 m3) per hour with .5-inch (1.3-cm) screens installed and material with moisture less than 40%.

It is powered by a 120-horsepower (90-kW) Cat 3.6L Tier 4F (Stage V) diesel engine, and its drum speed can be adjusted from 0 to 25 revolutions per minute based on material type and moisture content.

According to Jay Van Roekel, product manager for Vermeer Environmental Solutions products, the TR6450 has a similar design as the recently introduced Vermeer TR6400 trommel screen and the popular x. “While designing every trommel screen in the Vermeer product lineup, we’ve focused our attention on developing units that provide optimal productivity in their size class while being efficient to operate, set up, transport and service. The new TR6450 excels in all of those areas and gives crews the ability to sort a third product. Also, the front fines conveyor can be removed completely and its auxiliary hydraulics can be used to power other equipment like an air separator. We’ve built a lot of flexibility into this machine.”

With a hopper infeed height of just 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 m) from ground level at operating incline and capacity of 6.5 cubic yards (5 m3), the TR6450 is built for quick loading cycle times. The unit’s Vermeer ACS controls system gives operators the ability to adjust conveyor heights and drum speeds from a machine mounted DP10 display or handle transceiver remote.

For quick and efficient screen or drum changes and maintenance access, the side door on the TR6450 offers complete access to the drum body from the ground. A foldout motor compartment that provides access to the engine’s backside and various access points to critical areas delivers optimal access for servicing the TR6450.

Jay Van Roekel, product manager for Vermeer Environmental Solutions products

For more information about the Vermeer TR6450, visit vermeer.com or contact your local Vermeer dealer.

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2020 – another record year for FAE

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/01/2021 - 15:51

Despite global difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a record year for FAE and the company achieved and exceeded the objectives set at the end of 2019. Such results were achieved thanks to growth in all the key markets where the company operates, from France and the US, but also Australia, Canada, Russia, Italy and Germany, and for all FAE product lines, from heads for tractors, excavators and skid steer loaders to tracked vehicles, evidence of the trust in FAE products across the various markets.

In 2020 there were introductions or significant updates to ten models in the Land Clearing and Construction lines.

FAE’s technology innovation in 2020 included the Bite Limiter for excavator mulchers and the introduction of the revolutionary Sonic system also on UML/EX/VT and UML/S/EX/VT forestry mulchers for excavators. The Bite Limiter technology reduces power demand and promotes a consistent working speed, guaranteeing excellent performance when mulching any type of wood. The Sonic system ensures perfect alignment of the operating machine and the FAE mulcher through automatic calibration and constantly manages the mulcher’s hydraulic parameters, for a significant overall increase in productivity.

FAE’s record figures in 2020 also involved human resources. The number of employees rose above 250, with 40 new hires over the last 12 months.

Finally, 2020 will also be a year to remember for FAE due to the inauguration of the new Headquarters in Fondo, Italy, introduction to the FAE brand portfolio of tracked vehicles – previously sold under the PrimeTech brand – and launch of the new logo and global brand image.

“The results achieved this year bring great satisfaction and motivation to successfully face the challenges ahead,” stated FAE’s President, Diego Scanzoni. “We continue our commitment to expanding the product range and optimizing our internal structure in order to constantly improve the customer service,” he added.

ABOUT FAE
FAE is the world leader in the design and production of heads for tractors, excavators, skid steers, special vehicles and tracked vehicles for forestry, agricultural, road and demining operations.With a range of over 90 products and 400 models, FAE is able to satisfy the most diverse of customer needs. FAE’s range of heads includes forestry mulchers, cutters, stump cutters, stone crushers, stabilizers and multifunction heads. The tracked vehicles we offer include tracked vehicles with cab as well as radio-controlled tracked vehicles. FAE focuses on technological innovation and construction quality in order to ensure maximum performance and reliability for its machines. The company’s headquarters are located in northern Italy, in Fondo (Trento), established in the area where FAE was founded in 1989. The production, sale, after-sales service and distribution of spare parts are guaranteed through our 4 production sites, the head office, 6 commercial branches and a network of authorized dealers all over the world.FAE has more than 250 employees worldwide.

www.fae-group.com

Photo: FAE’s President, Diego Scanzoni

CONTACT INFORMATION
FAE Group Marketing Team
Francesca Carlet – Press Relationship fcarlet@fae-group.com
Elia Grando Mattiazzi – Marketing Manager egrandomattiazzi@fae-group.com

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Gelo Timber in Wunsiedel – saw mill for small diameter logs starts operation

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/01/2021 - 15:25

One of the most modern saw mills for small diameter logs, Gelo Timber in Wunsiedel, starts its operation after only 11 months of erection time.

A few days before Christmas, General Manager Wolf-Christian Küspert and Project Manager Sergej Fink together with their business partners and colleagues saw the first log running into the sawmill.

In future 350,000 solid m³ logs are cut per year at the 100,000 m² area. 35 new jobs are created with this investment of about 40 million Euro.

Building a sawmill based on most modern points was the aim from the beginning. This included also the reduction of material handling to a minimum. Thus, it was decided not to invest in a petrol operated log handling machine, but using an electrically driven gantry crane type SENNEBOGEN instead. The concept that was developed together with HOLTEC focusses on savings in fuel and CO2 as well as optimal land use and efficiency.

HOLTEC supplied the complete log yard mechanization as well as the sawmill infeed for the new GELO site. In both systems the innovative chainless technology is implemented, feeding up to 40 logs / min.

Thanks to a good cooperation between plant operator and suppliers, the new site has been put into operation in record time.

 

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Komatsu Forest – Connected technology opens up new possibilities in MaxiFleet

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/01/2021 - 14:07

Now you can easily turn on the forest machine’s engine heater wherever you are – whether the machine is running or not.

The MaxiFleet engine heater function has been made both easier and better thanks to new, connected technology that makes it possible to interact directly with the forest machine’s computer.

The new technology brings great opportunities for improvement and this is only step one.

The MaxiFleet engine heater function has received several practical upgrades that makes it both easier and better. Information about current battery capacity, cab temperature and machine position is regularly sent to MaxiFleet – regardless of whether the machine is running or not. This allows the operator to see, for example, that the heater is working and has warmed up the cab, that there is sufficient battery capacity to start the machine, and so on.

Most operators have programmed a schedule for the machine’s engine heater based on their usual working hours. But sometimes you need to work at other hours and with the new MaxiFleet functionality it is easy to program the engine heater to start, for example, an hour earlier.

The machine’s pre-programmed engine heater schedule can be displayed in MaxiFleet, but changes to this schedule can only be made in the machine. It is also possible to manually switch the engine heater on or off through MaxiFleet.

The upgraded engine heater is the first improvement made possible by the new, connected technology, but more news is to be expected.

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New harvester head for demanding operations – Komatsu C164

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/01/2021 - 13:42

When harvesting in rough forests, an operator can face several challenges. For example, trees that need to be cut from two directions, root flares that are too wide for the saw bar or rough limbs that need to be processed several times. The C164 is designed with these conditions in mind.

Komatsu C164 is a brand-new model in the range of C heads and a perfect match for the Komatsu 951 harvester. The robust head is specially designed to handle large trees, big root flares and rough limbs. Still, it has a design that makes it smooth and easy to handle. The C164 design is inspired by the features of other C models, but it is a completely new head where many parts are optimised for the size and application of the head.

Constant Cut, the saw motor control that ensures that the head has a constant and efficient saw motor speed throughout the complete cutting cycle, is further developed for C164 to handle long saw bars and broad stems. The saw bar position is designed for optimal felling performance and the position of the saw bar is new compared to other C heads. This gives a better felling cut in the direction of the head, which in turn gives the saw bar better longevity whilst also reducing the risk of log splitting. For increased durability and service life the chain tensioning of the saw bar has been improved, the saw bar mount has a more robust design, stronger saw bar clamp and increased bolt dimension to hold the saw bar.

The rotator has a stronger and more robust design as well as a new hydraulic motor and bigger slew bearings to cope with this type of demanding logging operations.

To make the head more fuel efficient, the C164 also has a new type of hydraulic control valve that can handle a high flow, which reduces energy losses.

The C164 is a “carry style” head, where the stem is carried by the feed wheels and the delimbing knives are mainly used for delimbing the stem. The head’s feed system allows good contact between head and stem, which reduces the clamping pressure and makes the feeding procedure energy efficient. Komatsu C164 comes with the option of two different feed roller motors. The bigger motor is standard and gives a high traction force which improves the productivity of the head. The smaller motor is optional and gives a more aggressive feeding start, but with less force than with the bigger motor.

Upon customer request, the Komatsu C164 has a completely new tilt lock function, i.e., the ability to lock the tilt link at the desired angle, which facilitates access to difficult branches or tree forks. The Find End function makes it possible to reset length measuring without needing to make a first cut and lump a part of the log. This reduces forest residues and minimises value loss. It is particularly useful when processing pre-felled trees.

The head has several features designed to minimise unplanned downtime and thereby improve productivity. The frame is designed and verified to stand the force from heavy operations. Components like the head unit are well protected under the hood. Cast iron is used for strategic components and ORFS couplings on hoses. Overall, the head with all its features, in combination with the Komatsu 951 harvester, is a useful tool for demanding operations.

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Komatsu’s intelligent Machine Control 2.0 available on D51i-24 and D61i-24

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/01/2021 - 11:09

Technology significantly increases dozer productivity
Productivity is key to job site success. And just as technology has transformed global business, Komatsu’s intelligent Machine Control (iMC) can help quickly transform construction job sites into highly efficient, highly productive operations. Komatsu’s iMC incorporates a host of advanced, proprietary machine technology, to let contractors take advantage of productivity-enhancing automation and cutting-edge job site design. Operators — even those with limited experience — can work with utmost efficiency, guided by sophisticated automation.

Both the Komatsu D51i-24 (131 HP) and D61i-24 (168 HP) are now available with Komatsu’s iMC 2.0 with the following benefits:

Learns as it works
With proactive dozing control, even less experienced operators can automatically cut/strip from existing terrain. The dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass. Productivity can improve by up to 60% versus previous generation.

Spreads fill material automatically
Lift layer control automatically lets operators spread fill from existing terrain with the press of a button. The dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses the data it gathers to plan the next pass for up to double your production with consistent layers for compaction quality.

Levels material even during rough dozing
Tilt steering control automatically tilts the blade to maintain straight travel during rough dozing. Reduces operator steering input by up to 80%.

Quick surface creation
Operators can create a temporary design surface with the press of a button with quick surface creation. Combined with other iMC 2.0 functions, crews can begin stripping or spreading using automated input while waiting for the finish grade model.

From automatic dozing, rough cut to finish grade, iMC-equipped Komatsu dozers help make every pass count for superior production compared to traditional aftermarket systems.

To learn more about dozers with iMC 2.0, go to www.komatsuamerica.com/smart-construction/intelligent-machine-control

About Komatsu
Komatsu is an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technologies and services for the construction, forklift, mining, industrial and forestry markets. For nearly a century, Komatsu equipment and services have been used by companies worldwide to develop modern infrastructure, extract fundamental minerals, maintain forests and create technology and consumer products. The company’s global service and distributor networks support customer operations, tapping into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Learn more at komatsuamerica.com.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Photo: Komatsu D61i-24 with Komatsu’s iMC 2.0

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Komatsu’s PC210LCi-11 excavator delivers versatility in a compact size

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/01/2021 - 14:48

A smart choice for contractors who need a versatile solution that still offers excellent range, the PC210LCi-11 is Komatsu’s smallest machine control excavator.

Proprietary intelligent Machine Control 2.0 offers significant productivity gains
Aimed to quickly lessen the skill gap between new and experienced operators, and improve the bottom line for contractors, Komatsu’s intelligent Machine Control (iMC) is part of the company’s suite of Smart Construction products, services and digital solutions that incorporate a host of advanced, proprietary machine technology. Developed with input from leading construction companies, iMC gives contractors sophisticated, productivity-enhancing automation along with cutting-edge job site design.

The newest entrant to Komatsu’s iMC 2.0 line-up is the 165 HP (123kW) PC210LCi-11 excavator. A smart choice for contractors who need a versatile solution that still offers excellent range, the PC210LCi-11 is Komatsu’s smallest machine control excavator. Weighing 51,397-53,882 lbs. (23,313 – 24,440 kg), this intelligent excavator excels at digging precise footings, retention ponds and utility work. Its updated, factory-integrated system minimizes over-excavation and empowers operators to dig straight to grade quickly and accurately.

Perform finish grading using only arm input
Operators can finish grade quickly and accurately with bucket angle hold control that automatically holds the bucket angle to the design surface during arm operation, enabling operators to perform finish grading using only arm input.

Auto tilt bucket control
With integrated machine control, the auto tilt bucket control on the PC210LCi-11 assists the operator in aligning the bucket parallel with the slope, so that finish grading can be accomplished without having to align the machine with the target surface.

Just as technology has transformed global business, intelligent machine control can help quickly transform construction job sites into highly efficient, highly productive operations. For more details on the PC210LCi-11 with iMC 2.0, go to www.komatsuamerica.com/smart-construction/intelligent-machine-control.

Main photo: Weighing 51,397-53,882 lbs. (23,313 – 24,440 kg), this intelligent excavator excels at digging precise footings, retention ponds and utility work.

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Training news from Ponsse! INVITATION – LAUNCH OF THE NEW PONSSE SIMULATOR

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/01/2021 - 14:13

The significance of high-quality training is increasing globally. Ponsse is responding to the need for the development of training by modernising its simulator product range. We are now presenting the new PONSSE Full simulator. It is a full-range training system, and its realistic forest environment and detailed graphics offer an excellent platform for professional training.

In addition to the new PONSSE Full simulator, the product range includes the PONSSE Basic and Compact simulators, which offer a modern training environment for the use of harvesters, forwarders and PONSSE Opti information systems. A simulator is a cost-effective and safe environment for training new operators, forest machine professionals and service mechanics.

A simulator also acts as an excellent tool in the research and development of work, because individual situations can be repeated over and over again, and different harvesting methods can be compared, for example.

We invite you to hear more about our new simulators and Ponsse’s other training services at a free webinar on 27 January 2021 at 9 am in Finnish, and at 3 pm in English (Time zone: EET, Finnish time).

Register here: www.ponsse.com/ponsse-studio-presents

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Nisula Forest Oy and Trisa d.o.o have signed a dealership agreement.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/01/2021 - 10:30

Nisula Forest Oy and Trisa d.o.o have signed a dealership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Trisa d.o.o will sell Nisula Forest products, parts and offer services in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the products manufactured by Nisula Forest.

“We are very excited about our cooperation with Trisa. With their experience in the forestry sector and their high competence, our new dealer Trisa d.o.o will guarantee the satisfaction of our customers in their market area. Welcome to the Nisula Forest family!”, says Nisula Forest Sales Director Timo Savornin.

Nisula Forest Oy
Timo Savornin
Sales Director
+358 50 5715804
timo.savornin@nisulaforest.com

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New Options for Forwarder Booms

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 14:58

John Deere is launching redesigned jib boom options equipped with a hidden hose extension for forwarders with CF5, CF7 and CF7S booms. The redesigned jib booms bring a clear improvement in usability, durability and serviceability. The new XI-designated hidden hose extensions will be an available option for the 910G, 1010G, 1110G, 1210G and 1510G forwarders during spring 2021.

Improved durability, usability and productivity
The new jig boom is more robust, the extension is stronger, and the routing of the hoses has been redesigned, taking better account of both the durability and changeability of the hoses as well as the usability of the boom. The redesigned routing of the hoses between the lifting and jib boom and the inside the extension packs protect the hoses from damage.

The improved geometry and the more balanced ratio between the lifting and jib boom makes the boom’s trajectories and operation smoother, thereby improving productivity. With the new XI hidden hose extensions, the reach of the boom is 9.8 m.

90% of the forwarders delivered are equipped with IBC. The machines equipped with IBC include an optional work light located under the jib boom for better visibility to the boom tip in the dark.

Servicing made easy
The improved hose routing inside the boom increases the durability of the hoses and makes hose replacement easier. The slide bearing at the rear end of the extension can now be lubricated without removing the covers. Also the extension chain can be adjusted without disassembling parts and removing the covers. The adjustable boom support is also new and makes for easier switching to the transport position.

In addition to the hidden hose extensions, a stronger Indexator GV12-2S link is also available. The base plate of the stronger link is now made from steel rather than cast iron.

Further information:
Elina Suuriniemi
Communications Specialist
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel. +358 400 466476
SuuriniemiElina@JohnDeere.com

John Deere Forestry Oy is domiciled in Tampere, which is the site of forest machine product development and the European marketing centre. The company employs about 700 people in Finland. John Deere forest machines are produced in Joensuu.

More information is available at www.JohnDeere.co.uk.

Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products, technology and services for customers whose work is revolutionizing agriculture and construction – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.

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PotlatchDeltic has selected BID Group’s OPER8 as its Industrial IoT solutions platform

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 10:57

PotlatchDeltic has selected BID Group’s OPER8 ™ as its Industrial IoT (‘IIoT’) Solutions Platform.  OPER8 ™ is the only purpose-built IIoT solution for the Wood Processing Industry. Wrapping around and extending through new and legacy equipment, technologies, and systems, OPER8™ was designed for rapid implementation to provide a “single pane of glass” view into all aspects of operational performance. OPER8™ leverages the 35+ years of BID’s deep industry-specific knowledge of equipment, technologies, and business processes.

Deploying OPER8™ across all Sawmill and Plywood facilities is a key element in the digital transformation journey ensuring PotlatchDeltic continues to defend and expand its competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The OPER8™ implementation will be a sequential roll-out beginning with Bemidji, Minnesota in early 2021. This will include a connection to BID-supplied sensors to drive predictive analytics that yield unsurpassed insights and reliability to optimize their asset life cycle management and overall financial performance.

PotlatchDeltic is a leading Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that owns 1.8 million acres of timberlands in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.

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Hekotek to supply log debarking line for Biosylva SAS in France

International Forest Industries - Fri, 15/01/2021 - 10:32

Debarking – Hekotek continues projects in France, supplying equipment for wood pellets manufacture. One of the recent projects was successfully completed in the summer of 2020, and the next one is planned to be completed next summer.

Hekotek completed its first project in France in 2013 – for the Biosylva SAS plant (Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire) a line for low-quality log debarking and feeding them into a chipper was delivered and successfully launched.

Biosylva has been successfully operating to the present day, and in 2021, in the second half of summer in the Auvergne region, the company plans to launch the next pellet plant, where Hekotek is to supply a similar line for debarking of raw materials and feeding them for chipping.

Hekotek is a mechanical engineering company founded in 1992; its main operations include design and production of woodworking technologies and facilities.

Photo: Hekotek’s debarking and chipping line

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SCA’s NorrPlant delivered 103.5 million seedlings in 2020

International Forest Industries - Thu, 14/01/2021 - 12:30

SCA’s NorrPlant delivered 103.5 million seedlings in 2020, which is over a million more than before.

“We delivered 103.5 million seedlings, which is over a million more than our previous record. It’s great to have succeeded so well, especially considering the coronavirus pandemic. In the spring, we were concerned that we would be forced to discard seedlings due to the coronavirus, but it turns out we didn’t have to. Instead, we had a record season that will be hard to beat for a while,” says Peter Engblom, business developer at NorrPlant.

Of the 103.5 million seedlings that were delivered, 63 million were pine seedlings, 33 million spruce seedlings, 7 million contorta pine seedlings and nearly 600,000 larch seedlings.

The majority of seedlings were delivered to external customers, from Karlstad in the south to Kiruna in the north. NorrPlant also exported some seedlings to Sweden’s neighboring countries.

From this year forward, SCA is also offering frozen seedlings delivered in boxes. This new delivery method was well-received.

“The frozen seedlings sold out early,” says Peter. “Some of the frozen seedlings were even delivered to our forests in Latvia. That’s where we’re planting our largest seedlings, SuperPot, because they’re ideal for land with substantial vegetation stress, when agricultural land is to be replanted or as part of auxiliary planting needed to support rejuvenation.”

Photo: SCA

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USNR signs major contract with Tschopp Holzindustrie AG

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/01/2021 - 12:26

At the end of 2020, USNR signed a contract with Tschopp Holzindustrie AG in Buttisholz, Switzerland, for a complete new saw line. The sawline will be a fully equipped premium production line that is custom designed to cut a maximum volume of thin boards from each log. The mill, one of Switzerland’s largest, provides the raw material for Tschopp’s production of formwork panels for the construction industry.

The log line will comprise two Logmaster HPS quad bandmills (8 bandmills in total). Designed for accurate cutting at speeds up to 180 m/min (590 ft/min), Logmaster HPS is the most advanced bandmill in USNR’s program for throughput and recovery. The line will also be equipped with USNR’s optimization and controls, and designed with flexibility and capability to accommodate complex saw patterns.

To handle the large volume of sideboards, USNR will also deliver two Catech XT edger lines that operate in the range of over 70 boards/min. These lines will be equipped with the latest optimization technology, for the highest recovery and throughput the market has to offer.

“Winning this order means that USNR can look back on 2020 as one of the best years ever in terms of sales for our European operations, despite the ongoing pandemic. This is validation of our very strong position in this region,” remarked Johan Johansson, CEO USNR AB. Johansson continues: “Located in the heart of Europe, this is a very strategic project for USNR. It will afford the wood processors in that region the opportunity to see first-hand the capabilities of USNR’s technology.”

The project is valued in the range of 13 million euro ($16 million), and all machinery will be manufactured and delivered from the USNR facility in Söderhamn, Sweden.

For further information, please contact:
Johan Johansson CEO, USNR AB johan.johansson@usnr.com +46 270 747 90
Christian Winlöf Sales & Marketing Manager, USNR AB Christian.winlof@usnr.com +46 270 746 72

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